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The General Secretary of NUEE is disputing claims by the government’s privatization agency

The General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Joe Ajaero, is disputing claims by the government’s privatization agency (BPE) that it has made final payments to staff affected by the dissolution of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). “They can’t say that this batch constitute the final payment, because I'm aware that those waiting for final payment and NOKs are up to 900 alone,” said Ajaero, “and we are talking of about 1900 or thereabout, those with short payment and those that were not paid anything at all. If they say that is the final verification, they are liars.”

More privatization is on the way

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), hints that more privatization is on the way. “The governor made this known to journalists at a press conference to mark the end of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, in Bali, Indonesia.” He said, “On this issue of whether more and more of this will be coming, I am aware as a member of the national council on privatization that more is coming and I believe in due course the BPE will make this available for us.”

The Nigerian Medical Association is urging the government to give top priority to the welfare of health workers

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) is urging the Kogi government to give top priority to the welfare of health workers “to prevent mass exodus of doctors from the state's civil service.” According to Dr. Kabiru Zubair, the state Chairman of the association, “in the last nine months, over 30 doctors have left the state civil service and more are threatening to leave as soon as they have better opportunities elsewhere. ‘It is no longer news, that there is ongoing mass exodus of doctors from Kogi to other states and federal health institutions. The worst hits are the doctors working with the Kogi State Hospitals Management Board as well as the Kogi Specialist Hospital, Lokoja.’ This is due to the differential and poor remuneration of doctors, which NMA has been at the forefront of the struggle for better welfare for doctors and all healthcare workers in the state.”

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Lagos Water crisis: Alternative roadmap for public water sector

This publication points the way out of the water crisis in Lagos. It reviews the impact and reasons for the failure of the current water system, providing models from around the world for adaptation to the Lagos context, and makes specific recommendations that can be implemented by the Lagos State Government and Lagos State Water Corporation over the short and long term. This way forward will ensure a well-functioning, democratically governed water system in Lagos. This report is a joint effort by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Corporate Accountability International, Public Services International (PSI), Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) and Transnational Institute (TNI).

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Adeniyi Peters Adeyemi, NASU, Nigeria

Listen to PSI Vice-President, Adeniyi Peters Adeyemi, from the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions, describe the challenges facing his union: the privatisation of Nigeria electricity services and the Ebola crisis.

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